|Kelly Clear in the Grant County Journal|
I loved the way Vacuum County was characterized as a Western novel in the article by Kim Jorgensen in the Grant County Journal. I also noticed that she used the same font as the one in the title on the book cover. Since I have been having such trouble with genre identification, I really want to embrace the Western characterization. I even rethought how I might identify some of my other novels in terms of their position on a compass rose.
If Vacuum County is a Western, then Our Lady of Kaifeng is an Eastern, in which case Theodosia and the Pirates must be a Southern, and that makes The Few Who Count a Northern.
Vacuum County really is a Western, if you take the long view of it. It is a Western in the same sense that the word "Western" is used in "History of Western Civilization".